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Harvey Andrews

Harvey Andrews, ‘Soldier’, 1972. A folkie story-song. My Gran was from Derry so, unlike most people in the UK during The Troubles, I used to watch the TV news in the Seventies really frightened when I saw footage of another riot or car bomb; “My Granny lives there!”.

Not sure where or when I first heard this song. If not banned at the time it was certainly ignored as much as possible by the BBC and authorities on both sides. Harvey Andrews always regretted that it became a Loyalist anthem. He was just upset at another death. I’ll let you decide. For me, if it has to have an ‘ism’ attached to it, it’s Humanism.

Weirdly, the record was released on Marc Bolan’s label, Cube. Eclectic signing policy.


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Taken on September 20, 2020